3,000 march on No 10 over witch-hunt of Ulster troops
THOUSANDS will march on Downing Street today to protest against the decision to reexamine every Army killing in the fight against Irish republican terrorism.
Up to 1,000 ex-soldiers, many in their 60s and 70s, are now potential murder or manslaughter suspects over actions at the height of the IRA’s campaign, after the Police Service of Northern Ireland chose to re-open investigations.
The march has been organised by the protest group Justice For Northern Ireland Veterans and is expected to attract 3,000 campaigners.
They have called for a statute of limitations to prevent veterans facing legal action. This would effectively grant immunity to those who served in Ulster from 1969 to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
A veteran warned last night that the ‘witch-hunt’ against troops will last ‘years and years’ unless the Government acts. Dennis Hutchings, who is facing an attempted murder charge over a shooting more than 40 years ago, said ex-soldiers had been ‘abandoned’ by ministers.